Manipuri Khichdi with Ooti from Manipur

>>  Thursday, April 17, 2014

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We are now on M and the one that starts with the North East states, Manipur. With my chosen Bread theme, I had such difficulty finding bread in these states. That's when I had to resort to the other clause I had for myself. And started looking at their staple food or at least with Rice. I had decided that if I didn't get any Breads, I would check out for dishes with Rice or any famous dish made with flour.

Some years back we had a popular event happening in blogosphere, better known as RCI or Regional Cuisines of India. When I had started blogging, RCI - Andhra just got over and I was upset I missed a chance. I just took time to check out my RCI entries, and enjoyed reading about TN, Karnataka, Maharastra, Orissa,  Gujarat,  Bengali and so many states that I participated. I tried my best to take part in this event as Regional Cuisine has always been my passionate topic. Can you believe, I had done for Sikkim as well! And there went off my chance of having something ready to make.
Anyway with the chance of finding a bread from Manipur being very bleak, I decided to go with Rice dish. My bihar colleague said she has Manipuri friends, and I was pestering her to get recipes from her. It took such a long time as this friend was busy and finally I landed myself in Aparna's post from where I got to know about Anthony's recipes on Manipuri Khichdi and Ooti. 

He was so eloquent in describing this Khichdi and Ooti, that I wanted to try this right away. So I had to shop for the white peas. Somehow I never liked this variety and never stock it. When the dried peas gets cooked, I detest the aroma that comes out. Surprisingly in Ooti, there was none. And the Khichdi, though mine little dry, was tasting and lived up to what Anthony was praising. I remember reading this Bachelor's Cooking blog during my initial days of blogging and never thought it was authored by a Manipurian and someday he will come to my rescue!

After doing our research and study of these North East states, I felt there is an urgent need for people from these states to record their recipes online. I am sure my friends would agree on this and we could've saved ourselves, hours of logging over these states, trying to find something that we can cook, especially vegetarians.

Now let's check out this delicious combination. I am sure if you want some more.

Manipuri Khichdi

Ingredients Needed:

Basmati rice 1 cup
Toor Dal - 1/4 cup
Onion, finely chopped - 1 small
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Peanuts, roasted and skinned - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Bay leaves - 2 medium
Cardamom pods - 3
Cloves - 3
Red chillies - 3 nos
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 2 tbsp

How to make the Khichdi

Wash and soak the rice for 15 mins.

Wash and pressure cook the toor dal along with turmeric powder till so soft.

Then add the rice to the dal and simmer.

Meanwhile heat a non stick pan with oil and a tsp of ghee, add the jeera, bay leaves and cardamom and cloves.

Now add the onions and fry till golden brown and add the ginger garlic paste. Pour it into the boiling cooker of dal-rice. Cover the cooker and let go of two whistles and let cool.

Heat remaining ghee and then fry the Peanuts. Saute them and add to the dal rice once the pressure falls down. Mix well.

The Khichdi is ready to served with Ootti. You can also serve with pickle.

Notes:

This is your regular Khichdi, so make sure you add enough water. I didn't realize that Anthony was using raw peanuts. So like me if you are using fried peanuts, you can add it in one shot in the beginning.
Ootti / White Peas Subji

Ingredients Needed:

White Peas - 1 1/2 cups
Onion, finely chopped - 1 big
Ginger, finely chopped - 1“
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 3-4
Bay leaves - 2 medium
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

How to make Ootti

Soak the peas in water overnight and pressure cook till done.

In another pan, heat the oil and add the bay leave, cumin and chillies. Just sauté and add the ginger and onion. Saute till onions are brown. Pour this into the peas and mix well.

Serve hot.
We enjoyed the Manipuri Khichdi for lunch with Ootti, appams and some pickle.

Konda and I enjoyed our meal very much and I took this for my colleagues as well, who were very surprised that the meal was very tasty.



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Blogging Marathon # 40 - 3 Day Marathon for 4 weeks!

>>  Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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I have been enjoying the posts that all my friends have put up for the Mega Marathon, that I almost forgot that I have to announce for the next one round the corner!

For those of you who are landing here for the first time, then please check out these posts on Blogging Marathon, you can read about all the history, the thought process that's gone in everything in one place in the BM#18 intro

For details on BM held every month, check out the Blogging Marathon page. Once I get all details I will be updating this page. Bloggers taking part in this marathon need to just link back to this page.

The entry is again by Sign ups and each theme will again have only 4 bloggers on first come first basis. 

And because of the new rules I will not be able to accept late sign ups as it will become extremely hard for me to manage otherwise. If you feel you want to do it, please decide ahead, else you can join later.

Commenting on the participating bloggers post is mandatory.

And subscription to the group will be monthly basis. 

If you want to know how the Blogging Marathon started, read the first edition

So the dates will be:  
3, 4, 5 May
10, 11, 12 May
17, 18, 19 May
24, 25, 26 May

Please email me at spicingyourlife@gmail.com latest by 23rd April along with your theme.

FYI:  Requests to join after 23rd April will not be accepted.

Mandatory rules for this Blogging Marathon are as below:
  • Should take up 2 weeks of BM without fail. It can be any two weeks.
  • Will have to post on all 3 days with 2 weeks without fail
  • You cannot take the same themes, except for the different Kid's Delight theme.
  • Should follow the accepted theme all 3 days, meaning if you choose one topic like Rice, you should post all rice based recipes all 3 days.
  • Should link to the Blogging Marathon page.
  • Is expected to actively give feedback on others post.
  • Mandatory reading and commenting on fellow participating member.
Each theme can be selected by four bloggers on first come first bases. 

Other rules will be mailed to the individuals.

Themes for BM # 40th will be the following:

Since having this theme is to make sure my Kid's Delight event gets good entries, I thought it makes sense to have two themes based on the hosting time.

Kid's Delight - Fat free kid's friendly recipes (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
Kid's Delight - Lunch box series (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

Please note Kid's delight posts be it for the BM theme or the event, needs to be kid approved. Which means you get your kid, your young relatives or neighbors approve what you have made. Would surely appreciate a note on who liked it and their age group. This way we can tag it properly.

Another thing can be that you as a kid liked the particular dish. Else it will not be eligible for both the events.

Kid's Delight -  Fat free kid's friendly recipes (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)

The first half of May will be hosted by Priya Suresh, who is calling dishes that are Fat Free and Kid Friendly. Check out her announcement for more details

Kid's Delight -  Lunch box series (17,18,19 and 24,25,26) 

This is hosted by PJ, who is calling ideas for Kid friendly dishes that can be packed and sent for school.

Yeasted Baked Bread

As the name says, make yeast base breads. It can be any type, sweet or savory and cabe with different starter etc. Only condition being it should be yeast based.

Gourment Gravies

By name you can understand it has to be rich gravies, more like restaurant specials. So please get your nut pastes, creams out and make a lip smacking gourment gravies!

Mocktail Delights

With the Summer on in our parts of the woods, why not make it chill by chilling out with Mocktails? Make some mocktails or if you rather make cocktail your wish of course!

Evening Snacks

Though nothing like a winter evening, where you can relax with hot pakoras, we can't ignore the summer as well right. So make some evening snack as per your season and enjoy! As the name says, it has to be a snack and not a meal.

Mango Mania

Need I explain further?..make anything with Mango as the main ingredient and enjoy the season with the best of Mango dish you can make. Be it sweet or savory, Indian Sweets or Desserts, just about anything!

BM#39 Indian States Unused posts

With the BM#39 Mega Marathon being in full swing, I know many posts must have been done. This is your chance to showcase those extra dishes that you did for this Mega marathon but couldn't post, do it now. PS: This again has 4 member fill for each week. So I will shuffle based on the filling.

Special Theme - Do three weeks and for the 4th week you get to do the special theme.

Mega Marathon Bookmarks

This is special theme for members doing all three weeks, you can opt to clear your bookmarks of your fellow BM#39 posts.

This is accepted only for the 4th week (and should have done all three previous weeks).

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Please spread the details if you want your friends to be part of this marathon.

Let's gear up for another non stop blogging!

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